3.24.2012

DIY: Custom Garden Fence

Sorry about my extended absence from the blog last week! I was traveling for work and didn't have time to post anything. I'm back now, and I thought I'd pick up where I left off in the patio lights post. While the hubby was working on the patio lights, he also decided to add a garden fence to prevent the puppies from digging holes in the garden (one of their favorite activities).



We didn't originally intend to build it ourselves, so we checked out the options at Home Depot and Lowe's to see if we could find anything that fit our needs. They were all pretty expensive, and they were also fairly short. I was worried our dogs would step right over them and continue digging to their hearts' content.

Scott came up with the idea to build it himself, and it ended up being pretty simple.

First, he bought this 8 ft x 4 ft sheet of wood lattice at Home Depot for $20 and seven 10 ft. cedar 2x4s.

He used his table saw to cut the lattice into thirds, which made each length 16 inches tall.


Then he cut the cedar planks in half to form the frame for the fence. One piece was placed on each side of the lattice and they were screwed into place with his power drill. 


He used the leftover cedar planks to form stakes so he could stick the fence into the dirt. He angled the ends with his table saw for the perfect vampire-killing wooden stake. (At least that's what they looked like to me!)

Once the stakes were drilled onto the fence, it was really simple to put the fence into place. 



 Total cost for this garden fence? $35!

Buying a pre-made fence would have been at least $75, so we definitely saved some money by doing it ourselves. I'm a big fan of how it contains the dirt in the garden and ties in nicely with our cedar fence (my husband's pride and joy).

That's about it for the latest round of patio projects! I'm still hoping to add some new flowers back there, but we haven't bought them yet. Things have been BUSY!

I hope you are having a nice weekend! 


* Checking in on a Saturday night *


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  2. This is wonderful! We are looking at a way to divide our vegetable garden and this is just perfect! Thanks for the idea, now to see if we ever get it done...

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  3. adds a nice finished look to an otherwise streamlined home. Have you considered painting it black to match the shutters? Looks great either way, definitely considering this project for the homestead.....would you post a close up picture of the corners where the fences come together?

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